Small Business / Home Office FAQ

  1. Can I use Contract Furniture at home?
  2. Where can I put it?
  3. Will it fit in my home office?
  4. Can I assemble it myself?
  5. How do I fix it if it is damaged?


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1. Can I use Contract Furniture at home?
Yes. We've got a few great books on this subject on the Reference Shelf. Probably the best are The Home Office Book by Donna Paul, Grey Crawford (Photographer) and Bo Niles (Editor) and Desk (Chic Simple Components) by Kim Johnson Gross, Jeff Stone and Todd Lyon.
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2. Where can I put it?
Do you really need an answer to this? Actually, send us an email with a good description of the item and the room (you can attach a scanned image, compress it and attach it, but keep them smaller than 100K or it will bounce) and we'll be glad to help with placement. Your cost? A Polaroid "before" and "after".
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3. Will it fit in my home office?
Better question to the answer given to "Where should I Put It?" Most likely, if your office is big enough for you to swing your arms around and not touch the walls you can find furniture to fit. Get a tape measure and learn how to use it (ask at your local hardware store where you buy it - there are a few tricks). Be sure to read the book revies on office design at the Reference Shelf. There is a lot of information available and we've sorted through it to bring you the very best.
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4. Can I assemble it myself?
You might really want to consider this carefully if you buy RTA furniture. RTA - Ready To Assemble - means, or should mean, easy. However, furniture is usually very heavy. Before you buy, ask if you can get it assembled for you or if they know of an installation service. If the store has a sample, check it out. If its not assembled properly on the retail floor, it probably is going to cause you some headaches. Determine what your time is worth. By the way, task chairs sometimes require assembly - almost anyone can do it - so go for it.

  • INSIST ON ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS
  • ASK TO SEE THEM BEFORE YOU BUY
  • GET AN EXPLANATION, IN ADVANCE
  • MAKE SURE THERE'S A WORKING PHONE NUMBER FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
  • CHECK AND COUNT THE PARTS AND HARDWARE FIRST
  • FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS.
I know I'm shouting. Sorry.
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5. How do I fix it if it is damaged?
This section is now online, though new and with only a few links at this time. Check out Repair, Refinishing, Reupholstery. In addition, you will find links to suppliers of hardware, tools, finishing and upholstery supplies and materials in Materials, Components and Hardware.
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